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Team USA Looking For Offense

from the Denver Post,

The league's top 50 point-producers include only four Americans, and the highest ranked of those is New Jersey's Brian Gionta at No. 27. The Hull, you say? Nope, he's retired. Roenick? Guerin? LeClair? Old, old, old. Four other countries cram more players onto the big list. Canada, the Olympic tournament's top dog, has 21. Slovakia, a gold-medal dark horse, has seven. (Hello, Marek Svatos). Russia has six. And Sweden has seven. (Goodbye again, Peter Forsberg). Tonight, U.S. Olympic hockey officials will turn in their final, Italy-bound roster, revealing 23 names and one big question: Where will this team find its offense?
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NHL Trade Freeze Begins Today

For all of the rumor followers, relax. No player can be traded until December 27th, the trade freeze period kicks in today (not sure what time though).

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Racial Slurs Hurled At Ted Nolan

from CTV,

A former National Hockey League coach of the year was left shaking with anger and humiliation after a Quebec crowd allegedly hurled racist slurs at him during and after a recent game. Ted Nolan, former coach of the Buffalo Sabres and current coach of the Moncton Wildcats in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, said he was shocked when the crowd in Chicoutimi, Que. attacked his racial heritage on Friday night.
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No Suspension For Spezza

via Sportsnet,

Senators forward Jason Spezza has escaped discipline from the NHL after receiving an instigator penalty with 3:36 remaining in Saturday night's 8-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Sportsnet has learned the NHL won't suspend Jason Spezza or fine coach Bryan Murray $10,000 over the incident. The league ruled the "intent" was not premeditated but rather "reactionary", much like the Shane Doan ruling earlier in the year.

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Too Many Hats For Mario

from the Ottawa Sun via Slam,

Teams in all sports have been accused of letting one player run the organization, but in the case of the Penguins, it's a legitimate fact. By maintaining positions as both player and owner, Mario is tying the hands of all others that attempt to run his franchise. He may enjoy the ability to wear all the hats, but for the sake of the franchise, it would be best if Mario stuck with the one that read "Owner," and hung up the rest.
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Off-Ice Official Needs Work

from the NY Daily News,

Jim Breidenbach, an office official for the National Hockey League, didn't get his job back when the league's lockout ended this fall - and now he's $10,000 behind in rent and facing eviction from his Riverdale apartment tomorrow. "I'm desperate at this point, I'm about to lose everything," said Breidenbach, 58, who has worked for the NHL since 1990. "Hockey was maybe the biggest part of my life, and now it feels like some of me is missing." Like all members of the Rangers off-ice officials crew - who work as goal judges, penalty box operators and timekeepers for the team's 41 home games - Breidenbach lost his job when the lockout began in the summer of 2004. But when play resumed this fall, 12 of the 13 officials were rehired. Breidenbach was not. Breidenbach claimed that an NHL supervisor told him he lost his job because he violated a league rule by talking to the media about his famed hockey memorabilia collection and his dire employment status - an account that two NHL sources confirmed this week.
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Something Missing

from Kamloops This Week,

I promised myself to wait some time before passing judgment on the restructured NHL. Well, my verdict is in and I have to say the disappointment outweighs things about which I should be excited. The hockey, for the most part, is entertaining, but a bit too wide open for my liking. As a fan I miss the all-out wars in the trenches for pucks. I miss the raw emotion of tough, physical play.
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All Strachan

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says that he is convinced the league will be able to make money off its NBC exposure which starts in the new year. Under the arrangement, the league gets no rights fees but it can earn advertising revenues. "We're out selling time," Bettman said, "so that's still an unknown, but it will likely be a revenue source." The NBC arrangement has come in for much criticism but it was a deal of this nature that got the National Basketball Association started on the road to a big contract. With hockey having been revamped to suit American tastes -- shooutous, no ties, etc. -- it's not inconceivable that ratings might start to improve.
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No Rush to Move A Goalie

from the Buffalo News,

Don't expect the Buffalo Sabres to trade one of their goalies anytime soon. Rumors circulating around the NHL frequently mention the Sabres and their three netminders, especially now that Ryan Miller is on the cusp of returning from his broken right thumb and Martin Biron is riding a record hot streak. It's no secret the Vancouver Canucks are interested in Biron now that Dan Cloutier is done for the season. But Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said after Saturday's 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins that he's had no discussions regarding his goalies with the Canucks - or any other team, for that matter. "There will come a decision," Regier said. "The bigger question right now is getting one guy back. Then we'll go from there."
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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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